Spurn Bird Observatory Sightings Nevember 2023

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Thursday, 30 November 2023

Another cold day in Kilnsea and Easington, with some wintery showers throughout the day but some sunny spell. The wind was from the north west and force 4.

A steady morning over the sea, with only 14 Common Scoter, 39 Common Gull, 29 Black-headed Gull, 13 Red-throated Diver and one Great Northern Diver logged moving north.

A female Long-tailed Duck was on the Humber off of Chalky Point, two Pale-bellied Brent Geese and a Black Brant hybrid were with the Dark-bellied Brent Geese flock between Sammys Point and the Wetlands. The flock of 10 Whooper Swans which include the two dark-billed individuals were also along Easington Straight.

Also at Sammys Point were four Woodcock, a female Merlin and 70 Pintail on the Humber.

A Mealy Redpoll was trapped and ringed in Church Field. 

There was no sign of the Barred Warbler in Easington today, nor the Black Brant.


Ringing: House Sparrow 1, Blue Tit 1, Song Thrush 1, Common Redpoll 1. 4/4. Watches - 07:15 - 10:00

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Wednesday, 29 November 2023

A cold and frosty day, with a thin layer of ice on sheltered water bodies all day, but bright and sunny all day in a cold north westerly force 3 wind.

One Little Auk north and one Velvet Scoter south were the best of a quiet seawatch this morning.

The returning Black Brant was on the Humber for the first time this autumn, but was mobile, seen flying west up the Humber and later it was on Kilnsea Wetlands with a small flock of Dark-bellied Brents.

A group of 16 Waxwings dropped in at Rose Cottage very briefly, before flying towards the southern end of the Triangle and not seen again. The Barred Warbler put in another brief appearance in an Easington garden on the High Street. There was a Snow Bunting south of Easington Boat Yard and another (or the same) flew west along Seaside Road. A covey of 9 Grey Partridge on Easington Straight were the first for a while.

Ringing: Woodcock 1, Reed Bunting 4, Blackbird 3.       8/3.

Watches: 07:15 - 10:00

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Tuesday, 28 November 2023

A nice bright & sunny day, with a cool north westerly force 3 wind for most of the day.

The surprise of the day came in Easington where a Barred Warbler was seen in the Ivy of a residents garden. Not the latest record of this species as there is a December record from 2001 (2nd).

6 Waxwing were in the Dell at the south of the Canal, a Blackcap was at Hill Rise and a four Chiffchaff were across the recording area.

There was very little moving over sea. 34 Common Scoter south, 42 Teal, 67 Common Gull and 10 Red-throated Diver went north, with 19 Starling seen coming in-off the sea.

Ringing: Blackbird 9, Wren 1.... 10/2.

Watches: 0700 - 1000.


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Monday, 27 November 2023

 A wet, dark and cold day meant there were only a handful of observers out in the field.

3 drake Velvet Scoter went south, the best over the sea.

50 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 100 Greylag Geese and 15 Mute Swan were on or around the Wetlands, along with 400 Wigeon, 100 Teal and a Greenshank. 

There was no ringing due to the rain. Watches - 07:00 - 10:00

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Sunday, 26 November 2023

A cold but calm day, with a force 2 south westerly wind and cloud all day.

The sea was quiet but had a variety of species on the move, with a Red-necked Grebe north passed the Gas Terminal, seven Great Crested Grebe south passed the Seawatching Hide (and one north), 4 Little Auks, 36 Red-throated Diver and five Gannet went north, with 122 Common Scoter, one Velvet Scoter, one Goldeneye and four Goosander moving south. A Great Northern Diver came in over the Seawatching Hide and continued south over the Humber.

11 Waxwing were on Seaside Road in Easington, last seen flying into The Pines caravan site. There was an expected increase in Woodcock numbers with 11 seen across the area, and a Jack Snipe in the Triangle.


Ringing: Woodcock 1, House Sparrow 4, Blackbird 8, Robin 1, Chaffinch 1.     15/5.      

Watches: 07:00 - 10:45 & 12:30 - 15:00

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Saturday, 25 November 2023

A bright start with some cloud most of the day, with a cold north westerly force 5 wind that produced a better seawatch than of late.

9 Little Auk flew north throughout the day, with one Great Northern Diver, 29 Common Gull, 20 Herring Gull, 12 Red-throated Diver, seven Gannet and a Great-crested Grebe all following. 188 Common Scoter, 10 Kittiwake and an Arctic Skua went in the opposite direction.

250 Dark-bellied Brent Geese were around the wetlands, again including 'Lucy'. A Blackcap was caught and ringed at Kew, and a flock of c.30 Waxwing were on Vicars Lane in Easington before flying off north at lunch time, with one in Kilnsea in the morning. The long staying lone Whooper Swan finally departed, flying off south!


Ringing: Blackcap 1, Blackbird 7, House Sparrow 2, Tree Sparrow 2, Dunnock 1, Greenfinch 1, Goldfinch 2. 16/7. Watches: 07:00-13:50

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Friday, 24 November 2023

Another windy day with gusts of force 7 from the north west. 

5 Long-tailed Duck south on the seawatch was the highlight, two birds went through at 09:30 followed by three at 09:52, but overall a slight increase in numbers compared to recent days was a disappointment. 25 Gannet, 41 Red-throated Diver, 30 Auk sp., 120 Herring Gull and 260 Common Gull went south, and one Sooty Shearwater went north.

80 Whooper Swans roosted on Kilnsea Wetlands, with 250 Dark-bellied Brent Geese (including 'Lucy') and 70 Greylag Geese. A ringtail Hen Harrier was still blogging around the Wetlands, and four Brambling (two Sykes Field and two on Seaside Road).

It was too windy for any ringing again. Watches: 07:15 - 11:15 & 12:30 - 14:00.

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Thursday, 23 November 2023

A brisk force 5 Westerly made life hard and very little over the sea or grounded, and no ringing.

At sea, 253 Common Scoter went south, and 49 Common Gull moved the same way, with 150 of the latter on the sea of the Old Boat Yard in Easington.

A female Snow Bunting just north of Terminal Wood, was the best bird of the day. One Coal Tit still visiting a private garden in Easington, and the lonely Whooper Swan stayed on Kilnsea Wetlands for another day, not joining yesterdays flock which had departed.


Ringing: Nil. Watches: 0700 - 1120.


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Wednesday, 22 November 2023

It was a better day for passage as the wind went to the south west. Cloudy all day with the occasional sunny spell.

77 Pink-footed Geese headed north west up the Humber with a flock of 25 watched coming in from over the sea from The Warren. A male Long-tailed Duck went north passed the Sea Watching hide, and not long afterwards a female went south close in. A drake Goldeneye was drifting south on the sea and a flock of six Tufted Duck went south also.

A small number of birds were seen coming in off the sea, with three Woodcock watched from distance powering in over the waves and diving for the nearest bit of cover as soon as they cleared the cliff! Seven Starling, a Blackbird and a Skylark were seen coming in over the waves.

A late Sandwich Tern came in from the east at the Gas Terminal and landed on the sea after attempting to land on a Crab Pot. Not the latest record, but not far off.

Notable grounded birds included 64 Whooper Swans at roost on the Wetlands, a ringtail Hen Harrier still blogging around the area, and the Kingfisher still around Easington Playing Fields / Sewage Works.

Ringing: Blackbird 4, Lesser Redpoll 1. 5/2

Watches: 07:00 - 10:00 & 12:40 - 15:20

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Tuesday, 21 November 2023

A change in the wind to a force 5 north easterly didn't bring much change to the seawatch, but 68 Kittiwakes moving south were the first for a few days, and a few more Common Scoter moving than in recent days (107 south, 174 north).

A Great Northern Diver off of the Old Boat Yard was new, and the Pale-bellied Brent Goose was seen again at Sammy's Point. Pintail numbers are growing on the Humber, with upto 120 off of Sammy's Point today, and the first Kingfisher since September was aroung the playing fields in Easington.

Ringing: Woodcock 1, Blackbird 6, Redwing 1, Lesser Redpoll 2.     10/4.    

Watches: 07:00 - 10:00

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Monday, 20 November 2023

A slight drop in the wind to a force 4 south westerly, made work a little easier.

There wasn't much to shout about on the watches, although there were a trickle of Pink-footed Geese moving, with two flocks totalling 243 birds heading south, and a Great White Egret south over the sea.

Two Snow Buntings were still around the cliff tops at the Warren, and 2 Waxwings dropped in around Southfield Farm late in the day.

The Wetlands Bird Survey was carried out across the recording area, and didn't turn up anything unusual either. The lone Whooper Swan was still on Beacon Ponds, 1538 Oystercatcher, 144 Grey Plover, 594 Knot, 304 Dunlin being the only bigger numbers.

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Sunday, 19 November 2023

A bright start soon gave way to cloud, and rain in the afternoon, with a fresh force 5 south westerly wind.

Two Snow Bunting south were the only notable movers, but four still remained on the cliff top by Clubleys Field. A ringtail Hen Harrier was blogging south of Kilnsea in the morning, and 120 Lapwing on Easington Straight was the first three figure count of grounded birds since February.

A lone Whooper Swan was still in the wetlands area, and in Easington a Coal Tit was still visiting a private garden.

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Saturday, 18 November 2023

The last of our autumn volunteers, Zach and Jonathan, both left for home this morning so we wish them safe travels and the best of luck in the next chapter of their careers. I'm sure both will be back soon!

It was a wet start, and the wind picked up after the last couple of slack days, to a force 5 S, but it was damp and dark all day.

Observer numbers in the field were low, and it was a quiet day all round, however the seven Snow Buntings are still feeding along the cliff top between Big Hedge and the seawatching hide, giving nice close views. 

In Easington, 26 Waxwings flew out of Greenfield Bungalows and headed north at lunch time.

Over the sea, a Long-tailed Duck north, and 2 Velvet Scoter south were the highlights, but there were a few duck species moving in small numbers, with five Gadwall, 127 Wigeon, three Mallard, three Pintail, 291 Teal, six Tufted Duck, one Eider, 47 Common Scoter, 5 Goldeneye and two Red-breasted Merganser all moving south throughout the morning.

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Friday, 17 November 2023

Cloudy again with a cool F2 south westerly. Watches: 0700-1000.  There was no sign of the Spotted Flycatcher with still a scatter of grounded migrants around the area with 7 Woodcocks, 4 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, 28 Redwings, 200 Blackbirds, 24 Robins, 4 Stonechats, a Brambling, 14 Siskins and 8 Snow Buntings again on clubleys while a good count of 50 Yellowhammers were in Easington. . 

There was not a lot of movement but 20 Waxwings headed south west with other noteable counts of 107 Pink-footed Geese, 20 Eider, a Velvet Scoter, 249 Common Scoter, a Goldeneye and single Goosander. 

Ringing: Blackbird 9, Robin 1, Brambling 1, Lesser Redpoll 2. 13/4.

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Thursday, 16 November 2023

Cloudy with a F2 south easterly. Watches; 0730-1000. Our latest ever Spotted Flycatcher continued to move the goal posts and still seems to be finding plenty of food, 5 Snow Buntings were still on the clubleys clifftop and the Black Redstart along seaside road. Other counts were 5 Woodcocks, 11 Redwings, 153 Blackbirds, 10 Stonechats and 40 Siskins. 

Small numbers of Ducks on the move over the sea with 15 Wigeon, 23 Teal, 3 Eider, 458 Common Scoters, a Red-breasted Merganser and 22 Red-throated Divers. Kilnsea wetlands also held decent numbers with a Whooper Swan, 492 Wigeon, 22 Shovelers, 5 Gadwall and 204 Teal with also 2 Caspian Gulls, 65 Lapwings and 6 Black-tailed Godwits. 

Ringing: Woodcock 1, Blackbird 15, Wren 1, Goldfinch 2. 19/4 

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Wednesday, 15 November 2023

A cloudy day with a F5 westerly. Watches; 0700-1000.  The Spotted Flycatcher continued its stay in the Kew area, a Lapland Bunting on clubleys where the 5 Snow Buntings also remained and the Black Redstart on seaside road but other migrnats were thin on the ground with a single Woodcock, 5 Chiffchaffs, 6 Goldcrests, 58 Blackbirds, 40 Chaffinch and a Brambling.

Other sightings included a Velvet Scoter, 246 Common Scoters, a Purple Sandpiper and an Arctic Skua over the sea, 156 Brent Geese with a single Pale-bellied Brent on the Humber and a Great White Egret wandered the area. 

Ringing: Blackbird 2, Redwing 1

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Tuesday, 14 November 2023

Cloudy with sunny spells and a moderate south westerly. Watches: 0730-1000,1200-1430. Late migrants continued to linger in the area, the Spotted Flycatcher at Kew and the acredula Willow Warbler still at the point with a Black Redstart at Easington caravan site, 8 Waxwings which moved through, a Water Pipit at the Warren and 8 Snow Buntings on clubleys. Other totals included 7 Woodcocks, 2 Jack Snipes, 2 Short-eared Owls, 5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 10 Goldcrests, 2243 Starlings, 80 Redwings, 130 Blackbirds, 34 Robins, 19 Stonechats, 40 Chaffinches and 3 Lesser Redpolls. A Tawny Owl in Kilnsea was maybe a wanderer from the Easington area,

Over the sea 282 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Shoveler, 5 Eider, 867 Common Scoters, 5 Goldeneye, a Goosander and 3 Mediterranean Gulls were the most noteable counts. Full counts on Trektellen. 

Ringing: Sparrowhawk 1, Blackcap 1, Blackbird 5, Redwing 2, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Robin 1. 11/6

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Monday, 13 November 2023

 A cloudy day some sunny spells and an increasing F5 southerly to F7+ south westerly. Watches: 0700-1530.  The Spotted Flycatcher remained for its 3rd day in the garden at Kew while again further arrivals of migrants occured with 81 Lapwings in/off,  9 Woodcocks, 37 Snipe in/off, a Swallow, 1609 Starlings in/off, 204 Redwings, 435 Blackbirds, 30 Fieldfares, 44 Chaffinch, a Brambling and 2 Snow Buntings

The sea was quite busy in the morning mainly for Wildfowl with 6 Shelduck, 6 Shovelers, 386 Wigeon, 8 Mallard, 34 Pintail, 1050 Teal, 6 Pochards, 24 Tufted Ducks, 4 Scaup, 16 Eider, 92 Common Scoter, 13 Goldeneye, 4 Goosander, a Red-breasted Merganser and a 1cy Caspian Gull  while a Great White Egret flew south overland.

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Sunday, 12 November 2023

Long sunny spells with light winds from the east. Watches: 0700-1530.  There was a small but noticeable increase in grounded migrants from mid morning but the standout total were 10,375 Starlings arriving powerfully in/off and continuing north west. Other totals were 2 Woodcocks, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, the late Spotted Flycatcher still in the churchyard, 33 Robins, 17 Stonechats, 4 Bramblings, a Mealy Redpoll, ,2 Lesser Redpolls, 68 Siskins and 3 Snow Buntings

On top of the Starling movement there was some southerly movemetn too with a Marsh Harrier, single Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Rooks, 35 Skylarks, 29 Meadow Pipits, 13 Rock Pipits, 20 Chaffinches, 14 Greenfinches, 27 Linnets, a Crossbill, 117 Goldfinch, 441 Siskins, 3 Yellowhammer and 14 Reed Buntings. 

Ringing: Blackcap 1, Blackbird 18, Redwing 4, Mealy Redpoll 1, Lesser Redpoll 1, Bullfinch 1, Blackcap 1, Goldcrest 2, Robin 2. 31/9 

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Saturday, 11 November 2023

A rather cold day in the F3 north westerly slightly warmer in the sun. Watches: 0700-1545. A suprise record for day saw a Spotted Flycatcher appear in the shelter of Kilnsea churchtyard where it was seen to catch a Red Admiral. Other migrants were thin on the ground with a Jack Snipe, 4 Woodcocks,  2 Short-eared Owls, 2 Chiffchaffs,3 Blackcaps, 7 Goldcrests, 10 Song Thrushes, 2 Bramblings and 3 Mealy Redpolls with 2 Snow Buntings showing well on Clubleys. 

The day saw some nice varied movement for the vismiggers with 570 Pink-footed Geese, 61 Whooper Swans, a Scaup, 327 Common Scoters, a Goosander, 2 Great Crested Grebe, a Grey Phalarope, 17 Kittiwakes, an Pomarine Skua, single Arctic Skua, a Little Auk, single Great Northen Diver, a Red Kite, 12 Jackdaws, 30 Rooks, 14 Waxwings, 18 Siskins and a male Snow Bunting. 

Ringing: Jack Snipe 1, Blackbird 5, Robin 1, Bullfinch 1, Lesser Redpoll 4. 12/5

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Friday, 10 November 2023

Watches; 0700-1000, 1200-1600.  The day saw some movement over land and sea which brought 13 Whooper Swans, 33 Teals, 87 Common Scoters, 27 Stock Doves, 183 Wood Pigeons, 113 Kittiwakes, 155 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Little Gulls, 50 Common Gulls, 2 Arctic Skuas, 46 Red-throated Divers, a Shag, 3 Sparrowhawks, 2 Hen Harriers, a Common Buzzard, 10 Jackdaws, 8 Rooks, 17 Skylarks, 668 Starlings, 26 Tree Sparrows, 34 Meadow Pipits, 3 Rock Pipits, 22 Chaffinches, 6 Bramblings, 5 Redpolls, 45 Goldfinch, 36 Siskins and 6 Yellwohammers. 

Small numbers of grounded migrants around the area included 3 Woodcocks, a Jack Snipe, 2 Short-eared Owls, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 13 Goldcrests, 10 Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush, 258 Blackbirds, 20 Fieldfares, 26 Robins, 2 Bullfinch and 12 Lesser Redpolls. Other sightings were 16 Mediterranean Gulls in Easington and a Hen Harrier blogging the area. 

Ringing: Blackcap 1, Blackbird 17, Song Thrush 1, Robin 1, Goldfinch 1, Bullfinch, Lesser Redpoll 16, Jack Snipe 1. 39/8

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Thursday, 09 November 2023

Generally sunny with some cloud and a F4 south westerly. Watches: 0700-1200, 1300-1400.  A busy morning for the vismiggers brought some late pushes of Finches in particular with 21 Stock Doves, 2 Sparrowhawks, 15 Jackdaws, 42 Skylarks, 15 Tree Sparrows, 2 Grey Wagtails, 54 Meadow Pipits, 13 Rock Pipits, 74 Chaffinches, 67 Linnets, 13 Redpolls, 21 Crossbills, 236 Goldfinch, 612 Siskins, 3 Corn Buntings, 5 Yellowhammers and 24 Reed Buntings. The best over the sea included 7 Whooper Swans, 3 Velvet Scoters, single Arctic Skua and a Great Northern Diver. Full counts on Trektellen. 

The ponds area bustled with activity 33 Shovelers, 300 Wigeon, 24 Mallard, 100 Teal, a Common Scoter, the return of the Long-tailed Duck, 23 Little Grebes, 6 Avocets, 30 Black-tailed Godwits, 250 Redshanks, a Greenshank, 4 Little Egrets and a Hen Harrier.

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Wednesday, 08 November 2023

A cloudy wet morning clearing in the afternoon witha brisk southerly. Watch times: 0700-1200, 1330-1600.  There was suprisingly some good movement in the wet conditions with 11 Waxwings and 605 Starlings heading north west with a Swallow, 2 Twite and 30 Siskins south and over the sea 65 Teal, a Velvet Scoter, 4 Goldeneye, 7 Goosanders, a Purple Sandpiper and 2 Great Northern Divers

The pick of the migrants were the Willow Warbler still at the point, a Siberian Chiffchaff andf Waxwing in Easington, 131 Blackbirds and a Mistle Thrush.

Ringing: Blackbird 6

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Tuesday, 07 November 2023

Sunny throughout with a strong south westerly. Watches: 0700-1600.  While a bit quieter it was still another busy day for movement over land and sea with 84 Whooper Swans, a Velvet Scoter, 2 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, 76 Stock Doves, 535 Wood Pigeons, 100 Black-headed Gulls, a Red Kite, 18 Jackdaws, 122 Skylarks, 2 Swallows, a House Martin, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 24 Chaffinches, 3 Twite, 43 Linnets, 18 Redpolls, 96 Goldfinch, 175 Siskins, 8 Snow Buntings and 5 Yellowhammers.  

Other sightings included 180 Brent Geese on the Humber, a Hen Harrier wandering the area and a decent toatl of 10 Woodcocks. 

Ringing: Goldcrest 2, Blackbird 3, Redwing 2, House Sparrow 1, Robin 1, Chaffinch 1, Siskin 2, Lesser Redpoll 9, Yellowhammer 1. 23/9 

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Monday, 06 November 2023

A return to sunny weather with the odd cloud and spots of rain witha F4 south westerly. Watches: 0700-1600. It was another busy full day in the field for the vismiggers which saw a wide variety and several good totals on the move with the more noteable being 1357 Pink-footed Geese, 58 Whooper Swans, 8 Goosander, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 107 Stock Doves, 1920 Wood Pigeons, 151 Black-headed Gulls, a Commic Terns, single Pomarine Skua, an Arctic Skua, 10 Shags, a Great White Egret, 7 Sparrowhawks, 3 Merlins, 20 Jackdaws, 560 Skylarks, 2 Swallows, 540 Starlings, 61 Tree Sparrows, 3 Grey Wagtails, 204 Meadow Pipits, 7 Rock Pipits, 222 Chaffinches, 35 Brambling, a Bullfinch, 20 Greenfinch, 186 Linnets, 33 Lesser Redpolls, a Crossbill, 338 Goldfinches, 491 Siskins, a Corn Bunting, 6 Yellowhammers and 18 Reed Buntings. 

There slightly more migrants about bringing 6 Woodcocks, a Hen Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owls, 7 Waxwings, 100 Blackbirds and a Lapland Bunting the standout birds. 

Ringing: Chiffchaff 1, Goldcrest 3, Blackbird 10, Redwing 3, Dunnock 1, Robin 1, Goldfinch 2, Lesser Redpoll 5. 26/8

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Sunday, 05 November 2023

A cold cloudy wet and windy north westerly start to the day gave way to blue skies mid afternoon and a lighter wamer westerly. Watches: 0700-1600. The change in conditions saw some nice movement over the sea especially in the morning with 1012 Pink-footed Gsse, a White-fronted Goose, 94 Whooper Swans, 62 Wigeon, 168 Teal, 55 Common Scoter, a Long-tailed Duck, 3 Golden Plover in/off, 76 Kittiwakes, 2 Mediterrannean Gulls, a Commic Tern, 3 Great Skuas, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 4 Arctic Skuas, 37 Red-throated Divers, a Great Northen Diver and 6 Shags. Overland movemetn was quiet as expected in the conditions but a Marsh HArrier, a ringtail Harrier sp, 10 Skylarks, 9 Swallows, a Mislte Thrush, single Grey Wagtail and 30 Siskins were noteworthy while 510 Starlings arrived in/off.

There was no sign of the American Wigeon in the ponds area but the Long-tailed Duck remained along with 6 Avocets, 30 Black-tailed Godwits, a Greenshank, 2 Hen Harriers and 4 Short-eared Owls. 

Ringing: Sparrowhawk 1, Woodpigeon 1, Goldcrest 2, Blackcap 1, Blackbird 6, Chaffinch 1, Lesser Redpoll 6, Short-eared Owl 1. 19/8

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Saturday, 04 November 2023

A bright start soon cloudy over with rain showers from late morning with a F4 south becong easterly. Watches: 0700-1600. The morning was busy for the vismiggers at the Warren with decent numbers of birds on the move with 9 Whooper Swans, 479 Teal, 2 Scaup, 3 Velvet Scoters, a Great Northen Diver, 87 Stock Doves, 850 Wood Pigeons, a Purple Sandpiper, single Grey Phalarope, 36 Little Gulls, a Great Skua, single Arctic Skua, 18 Jackdaws, 6 Rooks, 329 Skylarks, 2 Swallows, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 4 Grey Wagtails, 257 Meadow Pipits, 22 Rock Pipits, 115 Chaffinch, 17 Bramblings, a Hawfinch, 21 Greenfinch, 76 Linnets, 25 Lesser Redpolls, 345 Siskins, a Lapland Bunting, 8 Yellowhammers and 36 Reed Buntings. There was still a flock of around 400 Fieldfares blogging, 12 Twite around the Warren, a single Ring Ouzel on the canal and a Snow Bunting at the end of beacon lane. 

The usuals were all present in the ponds area with American Wigeon and Long-tailed Duck on Kilnsea wetlands and 2 Hen Harriers hunting the fields. 

Ringing: Long-tailed Tit 17, Blackcap 3, Goldcrest 2, Blackbird 9, Redwing 4, Lesser Redpoll 25, Yellowhammer 6. 66/7

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Friday, 03 November 2023

A sunny day with a moderate south westerly proved to be good conditions for some decent vismig over both sea and land with noteable counts of 811 Pink-footed Geese, 161 Whooper Swans, 2 Tufted Ducks, 58 Stock Doves, 358 Wood Pigeons, 2 Grey Phalaropes, 2 Great Northen Divers, 5 Shags, 31 Jackdaws, 407 Skylarks, 2 Swallows, a House Martin, 5 Mistle Thrushes, 60 Tree Sparrows, 2 Grey Wagtails, 133 Meadow Pipits, 24 Rock Pipits, 287 Chaffinches, 25 Brambling, 2 Northen Bullfinch, 116 Linnets, 2 Mealy Redpolls, 205 Lesser Redpolls, 833 Goldfinches, 564 Siskins, a Yellowhammer and 20 Reed Buntings. Full counts on Trektellen. 

The ponds area was again busy with the drake American Wigeon, the juvenile Long-tailed Duck, 250 Wigeon, 22 Shovelers, 100 Teal, 9 Avocets, 80 Black-tailed Godwits, 250 Redshanks, a Greenshank and 2 Hen Harriers, while small numbers of grounded migrants around the area included 6 Woodcocks, 3 Short-eared Owls, 34 Goldcrests, a Ring Ouzel, 2 Bullfinches and 21 Twite

Ringing: Shag 1, Chiffchaff 2, Goldcrest 8, Blackcap 1, Blackbird 14, Chaffinch 1, Siskin 1, Mealy Redpoll 2, Lesser Redpoll 121. 151/9

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Thursday, 02 November 2023

A cloudy day with rain throughout and a F4 north easterly. Depite the poor conditions there had been a big exodus overnight and little in the way of new migrants with just 5 Woodcocks, 580 Starlings, a Swallow, 10 Chiffchaffs, 6 Blackcaps, 30 Goldcrests, 221 Redwings, 194 Blackbirds, 90 Fieldfares, 2 Ring Ouzels, 4 Bramblings, a Bullfinch, single Twite, 3 Lesser Redpolls, 36 Siskins and a Snow Buntiing.

The day again saw movement over the sea but in much lesser numbers with 4 Whooper Swans, 22 Wigeon, 48 Teal, 2 Tufted Ducks, a Scaup, 126 Common Scoters, 2 Goosander, 569 Kittiwakes, 14 Little Gulls, 3 Great Skuas, 12 Arctic Skuas and a single Shag while over land 2 Hen Harriers appeared to go south.

The usual drake American Wigeon and Long-tailed Duck both remained in residence. 

Ringing: Woodcock 1, Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 1, Blackbird 15. 18/4

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Wednesday, 01 November 2023

Watches:  0700-1200, 1500-1630.  It was another busy day full of of typical late autumn migrants bringing totals of 23 Woodcocks, a Jack Snipe, 2 Waxwings, 1123 Starlings, 2180 Blackbirds, 550 Fieldfares, 3 Ring Ouzels, 19 Robins, 17 Bramblings, 2 Bullfinches (inc a Northern bird), a Crossbill, 2 Mealy Redpolls and 44 Siskins. 

There was some decent movement over the sea with 17 Brent Geese, 235 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Whooper Swans, 5 Shovelers, 387 Wigeons, 4 Pintails, 369 Teal, 9 Tufted Ducks, 10 Velvet Scoters, a good count of 34 Goldeneyes, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 70 Lapwings, 95 Dunlin, an Arctic Tern, single Little Auk, a Great Northen Diver and 2 Shags.

The ponds area had all the usual suspects with the drake American Wigeon, juvenile Long-tailed Duck, 13 Whooper Swans, 14 Little Egrets, a Short-eared Owl and 2 Hen Harriers including an adult male.

Ringing: Sparrowhawk 1, Goldcrest 2, Blackbird 52, Redwing 12. 67/4

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